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Hundreds more lights on bikes

A lot of cyclists will be safer on the road at dusk, after 279 sets of bike lights were given out during this year’s Be Safe Be Seen month. The Napier and Hastings iWay cycle teams, Police and Road Safe HB, with help from volunteers from Sport Hawkes Bay, USO Riders, Napier Community Patrol and Iron Maori, manned spots around the two cities over four weeks to talk to cyclists and walkers about safety, and give out lights to those without them.

23 June 2017

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Detailed seismic assessments returned to Council

Napier City Council staff are considering the implications of the outcome of Detailed Seismic Assessments carried out on the Library and Civic Administration Buildings. The review, presented to NCC this week, has found that both buildings have structural deficiencies of varying degrees. The Civic Building – which houses the Council chambers, Mayor’s office, Chief Executive’s office, and a number of staff from the Corporate Support and City Strategy directorates – has been found to contain generic shortcomings throughout the building. “The building is unlikely to be fixed or refurbished – even on a temporary basis,” says CE Wayne Jack.

21 June 2017

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Napier City Vision project a finalist in LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards

Napier City Council’s City Vision: Small City Big Ideas project is a finalist in the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) EXCELLENCE Awards. Now in their fourth year, the Awards recognise and celebrate the key leadership role that local government plays in communities around the country.

14 June 2017

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Civic award nominations closing soon

Nominations close on 30 June for the 2017 Napier Citizens’ Civic Awards. The recipients of Napier Citizens’ Civic Awards each year may at first glance be a diverse bunch, but there is one thing they always have in common. None of these worthy volunteers ever expect any recognition or reward for their efforts, something two of last year’s recipients, Mike Madden and Erica Toomey, agree wholeheartedly with.

12 June 2017

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Proposals wanted for Port Ahuriri tragedy monument

Napier City Council is seeking proposals for an art installation to commemorate the 1932 sinking of the launch Doris in which 10 men tragically drowned. The story of the Doris tragedy is not widely known, nor commemorated, as local historian Michael Fowler pointed out in an article published late last year. He suggested a memorial could be installed on Perfume Point Reserve near the entrance to Port Ahuriri (off Nelson Quay) and Council agreed.

31 May 2017

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Bystanders campaign launched in Napier

Keeping victims of violence safe is something we can all aspire to, says Monique Heke. Monique has been something of a foodie celebrity since featuring with husband Henry in My Kitchen Rules in 2015, and in their own series, Tradition on a Plate, which recently screened on Maori Television.

26 May 2017

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Water chlorination in Napier - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the chlorination of Napier's water supply.

24 May 2017

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Negative result returned, chlorination continues

Napier City Council has today been returned a negative laboratory test for e.coli – showing that no e.coli was found in any sampling taken across Napier’s water network yesterday.

24 May 2017

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Immediate chlorination of Napier water

Chlorination of Napier City’s water supply will commence tomorrow morning (Wednesday 24 May) at 8am after a positive e.coli reading was returned late today.

23 May 2017

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New attendance record set at Bay Skate

The occasional rainy day isn’t stopping Bay Skate from continuing to increase its attendance figures month on month. During April Bay Skate had 3340 riders and rollers through its doors, surpassing its daily attendance record four times and well above January’s total of 3000.

16 May 2017

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Time to paint the town red, yellow, blue...

Have you been waiting for the chance to leave your mark on Napier? Napier City Council, in association with Chorus, is once again holding a cabinet art competition and welcoming applications from artists keen to create designs for 10 currently unadorned cabinets owned by the company. Applications close on Friday 30 June.

12 May 2017

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Two more foodies join F.A.W.C! Toasted!

With just days to go until entries close, two more Hawke’s Bay epicureans have registered to serve up their ultimate toasted sandwich as part of new Winter F.A.W.C! event Toasted!

12 May 2017

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Positive future for Taskforce graduates

Steve Tahu is glad his days as a seasonal part-time worker are long behind him. Steve, who recently earned an NCEA National Certificate in Business (First Line Management) Level 4, was one of more than 50 graduates from a range of industries who attended a special Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs graduation ceremony at Lindisfarne College, Hastings, last week.

8 May 2017

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MTG Hawke's Bay tour finalist in National Awards

MTG Hawke’s Bay’s popular tours of the Napier Hill Cemetery have been selected as a finalist in the Visitor Experience category in the prestigious Service IQ New Zealand Museum Awards.

5 May 2017

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Don’t let your kind donations go up in smoke

Generous Napier residents are being congratulated on their goodwill but urged to put their hard-earned money into legitimate resources for those genuinely struggling to make ends meet. Street beggars are cashing in on the kindness of strangers, but spending their cache on illegal drugs such as highly addictive synthetic cannabis. Some are also gambling away the approximately $100 they earn each day on the streets.

3 May 2017

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Napier Pound cleared of all allegations brought by Watchdog

A full investigation into activity at the Napier Pound, after allegations of animal cruelty were levelled at the facility by the lobby group Watchdog, has found “insufficient or no evidence” that any Napier Animal Control Officers breached the Animal Welfare Act.

28 April 2017

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Council on track after realignment

Findings from a service delivery survey, conducted for the second consecutive year to gauge customer satisfaction, have been welcomed by Napier City Council.

25 April 2017

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Cycling increase in Napier

The latest statistics are in and it’s official – Napier’s pathways are increasingly popular with cycling commuters.

13 April 2017

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There will be more cycleways in Napier thanks to a major funding boost from central Government.

Contract awarded for work on Watchman Road intersection

The NZ Transport Agency has awarded the contract for a range of intersection improvements at the Watchman Road/Meeanee Quay intersection on State Highway 2, Napier, to Higgins Construction.

12 April 2017

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Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust acquires significant works

An historically and culturally significant series of art works is soon to be acquired by the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust (HBMT), for display at MTG Hawke’s Bay.

11 April 2017

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Feedback sought on Gambling Venues Policy Review 2017

We’re currently seeking feedback on amendments we’ve made to the Gambling Venue Policy. In accordance with the Gambling Act 2003 and Racing Act 2003 we must review the Policy every three years.

8 April 2017

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Draft Annual Plan available to view

At the Extraordinary Finance Committee meeting on 29 March, Council decided not to consult on the proposed Annual Plan as there were no significant or material changes to what was proposed in the Long Term Plan.

31 March 2017

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2017 2018 Draft Annual Plan

Community Services Grants applications now open

Is your organisation doing great deeds in the Napier community? Community and voluntary organisations whose work directly benefits the community have the chance to receive a financial contribution from Napier City Council – but only for a limited time.

30 March 2017

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It's time for tea at MTG

MTG Hawke’s Bay explores our long love affair with tea in the exhibition, Time for Tea: the much-loved cuppa, opening this Saturday 25 March.

21 March 2017

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Multi-Use Sports Facility proposal paused for further analysis

Napier City Council has made the decision to withdraw a paper seeking a resolution of council as to whether to proceed to the next phase on the proposed Hawke’s Bay Multi-Use Sports Facility. Councillors met with Council management and stakeholders - including representatives of the sporting codes who would benefit from the construction of the facility - last week, in order to discuss the project.

21 February 2017

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Enfield reservoir in Napier cleared of e.coli

A third consecutive negative e.coli reading, taken from an e.coli affected water reservoir, was today (Tuesday, 7 February) returned to Napier City Council. National water standards require Council to have three consecutive clear (negative) readings in order to be able to reopen the small tank of the Enfield reservoir and reconnect it to the city’s water network.

7 February 2017

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Napier takes precautionary approach to positive water test

Napier City Council has this afternoon chlorinated the water in one of its reservoirs after routine testing returned a positive test for e-coli. The reservoir is the Enfield Rd reservoir and it services much of Napier including Taradale and Bay View during peak season. All other reservoirs tested on the same day returned clear results.

2 February 2017

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Chlorination Update

The latest information from our water engineering team is that the result will be released to Council by 4pm. Until then, please remember that the water is now chlorinated and is safe to drink. If you or a family member is feeling ill, please call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

2 February 2017

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Sea Walls part of Seaweek 2017

Locals and visitors have a chance to find out more about Napier’s Sea Walls murals, thanks to free guided walks during Seaweek 2017, to be held next month between 26 February and 5 March. "Everyone knows something interesting about Antarctica or the Amazon River, but closer to home the natural world can be a mystery," says National Aquarium of New Zealand Educator Jake Brookie.

30 January 2017

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A new place to relax in the CBD

Napier Library now has its own funky outdoor pop up space. The rooftop garden accessed from Level One of the Library has re-opened, complete with carefully chosen plants, artificial turf and furniture including colourful bean bags.

19 January 2017

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New caterers for conference centre

A new kitchen, new chefs and a whole new catering team is ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work when the Napier Conference Centre reopens. Dish Catering has been awarded the catering contract for the redeveloped venue, due to open its doors again for business in March following a major refurbishment and expansion completed by Napier City Council.

19 January 2017

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No breaches of animal welfare code at Napier Pound

The Ministry for Primary Industries External Audit Report has found that on the whole, the Napier Pound is “well run” and “very clean and sanitary”. An inspection was carried out in November 2016, finding that animals had ample space, good clean pens, bedding and bowls, and were adequately cared for by Animal Control staff. The storage of dog food, chemicals, equipment and the bodies of euthanised dogs was also compliant with MPI standards.

23 December 2016

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Council approves lower fees for MTG

It will soon cost $2.50 for primary students and $4.50 for secondary students to visit MTG Hawke’s Bay when participating in the museum’s school education programme. The lowered fees will come into effect from 1 January 2017.

30 November 2016

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Electric vehicle charging station first of its kind for Napier

Electric vehicles (EVs) can now charge up in Napier, with Unison launching the city’s first public fast-charging station on Saturday, 19 November. The ‘Power Park’, which is located in the Dickens Street public car park, next to the Quest Hotel has been installed in partnership with Unison.

21 November 2016

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LAB wows country school

Kiwis of all ages should be aware of natural hazards and a visit to “The LAB” is a great way to raise that awareness, says Te Pohue School teacher Tim Orbell.

20 October 2016

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#napierdrill social media campaign launches

If a tsunami threatened Napier 10 days from now, or 10 minutes from now, where would you go? That’s the question being posed by Napier City Council, whose new #napierdrill social media campaign is being shared to encourage Napier residents and businesses to plan, and rehearse, their tsunami evacuation routes.

3 October 2016

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NCC adopts Annual Report

The value of building consents for Napier has jumped by 40 percent in the past year. That is just one of the positive findings outlined in the Napier City Council 2015/16 Annual Report adopted on September 22 at the final Council meeting before the local body elections. Interest in the Parklands development on former Lagoon farm land remains high, with the number of residential lots sold helping to push the income from land sales $2.9m higher than expected.

22 September 2016

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Council goes electric

Napier City Council is doing its bit to plan for the future with the first of two fully electric vehicles in its fleet out on the road. A site to charge the vehicles was set up by the Napier Civic building. The Renault Kangoo vans used by the Council courier and parking staff have proved easy to run and to charge, says Council Chief Executive Wayne Jack.

21 September 2016

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Napier City Council unveils exciting new branding

Marine Parade’s iconic Norfolk pines and gently lapping waves make up Napier City Council’s new logo, which was unveiled to staff and stakeholders on Friday, 9 September. Chief Executive Wayne Jack presented the new brand direction, including the colour palette, fonts and planned logo usage. Phase one of a multi-staged roll-out begins immediately.

9 September 2016

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World Health Organisation win for Napier

Napier has been recognised by the World Health Organisation as a leading safe city. Against 82 other entries from 30 cities around the world, Napier took out the 2016 World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office Healthy Cities Recognition for Violence and Injury Prevention (Safe Cities).

1 September 2016

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Survey finds Napier really is a great place to live

Napier is a better place to live than it was two or three years ago, according to the majority of residents surveyed in the annual NRB (National Research Bureau) questionnaire. 63% declared Napier a desirable city in which to live, compared with 45% in 2015. It’s the highest satisfaction rating Napier has achieved since the survey began in 1991.

30 August 2016

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Napier not impacted by water contamination issue

Napier City Council is reassuring people that Napier’s water is safe to drink and use as normal. Napier City Council officers undertook precautionary testing on water bores during the weekend in light of the water contamination crisis in Havelock North. Director Infrastructure, Jon Kingsford, says the precautionary testing was done over and above routine testing.

16 August 2016

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Free WiFi continues to grow in Napier

Napier City Council’s support of free WiFi within the city has proven popular with both residents and visitors. A free public WiFi service was launched in Napier five years ago by local telecommunications company Revolutionz. Council contributed to the implementation costs and provided access to Council assets, such as streetlights, to enable the network.

15 August 2016

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Napier Time Bank trading system to be launched in Pirimai

Pirimai Residents Association will officially launch Time Bank in Napier at noon on Sunday 21 August, at Allen Berry Avenue Reserve in Pirimai. Time Bank is a trading system for exchanging skills, knowledge and labour with people in your local community. The currency is time rather than money, so “time credits” are used as payment. One hour of work equals one time credit, no matter what type of work it is, from gardening to childcare, cooking to computer support. It can be managed through an online account or directly through the Time Bank Coordinators.

11 August 2016

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Desperately seeking the Crawford or Bowen families

A mysterious vintage postcard that has made its way to Napier’s i-SITE is needing to be rehomed.

3 August 2016

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Parking app streamlines payments

Napier residents and visitors can now put away their wallets…. and use their mobile phones to pay for parking. Kashin - a phone app that debits from a pre-loaded credit card – is being warmly received by those who have tried out the service. “People love the fact that you can use your phone maps and GPS to find a car park location and pay to park without using coins” says Napier City Council Director City Strategy Richard Munneke. “There’s no need to display a receipt on your car dash, and the app provides reminders about how long you have been parked. You only pay for the time you use.”

2 August 2016

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Civil Defence Hawke's Bay launches app for disaster alerts

Hawke’s Bay residents can now receive official disaster alerts and lifesaving information on their smart phones, as Civil Defence Hawke’s Bay begins alerting through the Red Cross Hazard App.

29 July 2016

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Napier inner city upgrade four weeks ahead of schedule

Good weather and efficient construction have helped speed up the pace of the Napier inner city infrastructure upgrade to the point it is now a month ahead of schedule.

28 July 2016

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A progressive action plan for Napier and Hawke’s Bay

The National Aquarium of New Zealand is set to directly benefit from an “exciting and unprecedented boost”, says Mayor Bill Dalton, following the launch of Matariki - The Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan 2016.

27 July 2016

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Napier City Council selected for new standards programme

Becoming a Foundation Council for the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) standards programme gives Napier City Council a chance to show the community how its strategic plans and values shape up against others. LGNZ has selected 21 Foundation Councils to lead the programme in 2016, including Hastings and Wairoa District Councils. Results will be published in 2017. The local government standards system will demonstrate and improve the value and services of councils by measuring qualitative and quantitative indicators across leadership, finance, service delivery and community engagement.

12 July 2016

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Boat ramp soon to be controlled by barrier arm

Upon acquiring ownership of the Nelson Quay Boat Ramp, previously owned by the Hawke’s Bay Sports Fishing Club, Napier City Council has implemented a user-pays system. From 1 August, access to the boat ramp will be controlled by a barrier arm. Access can be made by an annual swipe card pass or by payment by Eftpos/credit card at the entry pedestal on a per entry basis.

30 June 2016

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Coastal hazards - planning for a different climate in HB

“I’ve lived on Hawke’s Bay’s coast for 20 years and love it, but we have a challenge ahead to manage our coastal risks,” says HBRC Engineering Manager Craig Goodier. Craig is a member of the technical team giving his expertise to the Clifton to Tangoio Coastal Hazards Strategy 2120. This multi-council and tāngata whenua project group recently completed its latest phase of work to map hazards, and identify communities and assets at risk along the HB coast.

30 June 2016

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